This update also includes a mode that will only be activated from 15th September in Japan — Conquest Mode. As reported by Siliconera this will be activated at random points in a "With Anyone" online battle — three players fight it out and the winner's character earns points in an online conquest chart; it's a chance to boost the score for your favourite character.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has practically no secrets left courtesy of its release in Japan, with the full roster now out in the wild; unless Sakurai-san has a magical SpotPass update up his sleeve, those with early access have revealed all.
Of course, those that actually make the game always know more than the gamer on the street, and Sakurai-san's latest Miiverse post confirms that a release patch is being unleashed in Japan, no doubt to iron over some shortcomings that may have been left unresolved when the title went to print for the physical retail version. It's also explained that players will need to connect early on to initialise the intriguing Global Smash Power functionality.
Pic of the day. This is the World Status you can see in Spectator mode. The game isn't released yet so the map looks pretty plain now, but I wonder what it'll look like once it's out? Also, this is where you can see all sorts of stats being tallied up. In Group play and Spectator mode, you can see characters you haven't unlocked yet, so watch out if you don't want to be spoiled.
Even if you don't want to be spoiled, it might be wise to select the Online option at least once before you start the game. Your Global Smash Power won't appear until the first time you connect to the internet. Not only that, but there could potentially be a patch available that can resolve potential issues, like the one being released now for the Japanese version of the game. For the package version, updates can be pre-downloaded to your system even before you purchase the game, so make sure you look out for them.
It's also a neat touch that updates can be downloaded from the eShop prior to picking up a physical retail version, allowing players to jump straight into the action when they pick up their copies.
Let us know what you think of this update, and whether you're planning to settle in for an evening of watching others battle it out in Spectator mode.